Wish that robbery charge from three decades ago would just disappear off your criminal record? You're not alone. Many people do stupid things in their younger days and live to regret it. The good news is that you may qualify for expungement.
Looking to Clear Your Criminal Record?
Expungement erases an arrest or conviction in the eyes of the law. Although law enforcement agencies will still be able to see the charge, potential employers and anyone else accessing a background report on you won't be able to see it.
You won't have to disclose your prior misdemeanor or felony on applications, during job interviews, or when applying for a home or a loan.
Who Is Eligible for Expungement?
In California, expungement is available to those who have been charged with misdemeanors or felonies and have completed probation.
Can I Own a Gun With an Expunged Felony in California?
In California, you are not allowed to own a gun with an expunged felony. You must wait for 10 years to restore your gun rights even if you have your conviction sealed or expunged. The way to get this lifted is to have a court order from a judge. A judge can only grant this court order if you are currently an employee of the state of California and your job requires you to own or possess a firearm. Both state and federal prevent you from owning a firearm if your offense was a felony conviction. Since many offenses in California can be reduced to a misdemeanor, they are known as "wobblers" and your offense was a wobbler turned into a misdemeanor, you can have your firearm rights restored. A misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence can prevent you from owning a firearm. The Lautenberg Amendment, says that anyone convicted of a crime that meets the federal definition of misdemeanor domestic violence has a lifetime probation from owning a firearm.
Who is Not Eligible for Expungement in California?
Expungement is not an option for those who:
- Have served a sentence in a state prison
- Have been convicted of sex crimes against children
- Are currently charged with an offense
- Are on probation for an offense
- Are currently serving time for an offense
Let Our Experienced Sacramento Expungement Attorneys Help Clear Your Record
When you remove a misdemeanor or felony from your criminal record, your life is no longer restricted. You can apply for jobs and apartments without having to deal with that mark on your record. If you came to America as an immigrant, expungement can keep you from being deported. You can move on with your life with more freedom.
The Law Office of Jonathan Gonzales can help with the process. Our expungement attorney will evaluate your criminal history to see if you meet the requirements. Then, our team will then conduct some research, fill out the appropriate paperwork, and attend your hearing with you.
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